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Obituary - Sister Genevieve James, OP

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Sister Genevieve James, OP, died March 20 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. She was 96 years old.

Sister Genevieve was born in Newark, N.J., on June 15, 1920. She is predeceased by her parents George James and Genevieve Turbott James, and her brother George.

As a child she contracted polio, which curtailed her lifestyle a bit. With time and perseverance, she relearned walking, running, dancing and her favorite sport, ping pong.

With her commercial training, she worked as secretary and office manager in several firms in Manhattan before entering the Dominican Monastery of Corpus Christi in the South Bronx, in 1949. There, she worked primarily in the maintenance of the large building and grounds, including two major renovations of the structure. She helped build up the monastery auxiliary, Friends of the Monastery, with her letters to the various people who wrote for prayers and special intentions.

In 1989, Sister Genevieve transferred to the Monastery of Mary the Queen in Elmira, N.Y., where she did data processing and computer work, and completed addresses for the various monastery mailings.

Later she developed post-polio syndrome, gradually becoming less mobile. She eventually became a patient at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Elmira. When the community translocated to Springfield, she was cared for in the infirmary of the Dominican Sisters.

A funeral Mass was held on March 24 in the motherhouse chapel.

Staab Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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